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Welcome to Playing Yourself: The Rhetoric of Games, a podcast series produced by students in David Morgen’s Play, Make, Write, Think class at Emory University. If, as Bernard Suits says, a game is “the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles,” then why do games continue to captivate our time, attention, and disposable income?

In each episode, we choose one game to play with a critical eye, analyzing its rhetorical situation, the sorts of obstacles it creates, the types of decisions players make in playing, the values or ways of thinking the game encourages, and the impact the game has. We’ll pay attention to the medium of games as well as their messages. And ultimately we come to the question: when playing a game, are you playing the game, or are you playing yourself?

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Welcome to Playing Yourself: The Rhetoric of Games, a podcast series produced by students in David Morgen’s Play, Make, Write, Think class at Emory University. If, as Bernard Suits says, a game is “the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles,” then why do games continue to captivate our time, attention, and disposable income?

In each episode, we choose one game to play with a critical eye, analyzing its rhetorical situation, the sorts of obstacles it creates, the types of decisions players make in playing, the values or ways of thinking the game encourages, and the impact the game has. We’ll pay attention to the medium of games as well as their messages. And ultimately we come to the question: when playing a game, are you playing the game, or are you playing yourself?

    Mentally Stimulate Me

    Mentally Stimulate Me

    Mentally stimulate me, a game that reveals your true opinions and thoughts. A multiple choice game with pretty controversial questions.[...]

    • 14 min
    The Sims

    The Sims

    In this episode, we discuss the widely-known game series: The Sims.  We break down format of the game to identify[...]

    • 12 min
    College Admissions

    College Admissions

    In this week’s episode, we have tried to touch on an unconventional game structure. We will be talking about the[...]

    • 10 min
    Minecraft

    Minecraft

    In this week’s episode of Playing yourself, Doraemon and The Kid will talk about Minecraft. Minecraft is one of the[...]

    • 11 min
    Kahoot

    Kahoot

    In this episode of Playing Yourself, Princess Peach and J explore the popular classroom game called Kahoot!. This game is[...]

    • 11 min
    Pokemon Go

    Pokemon Go

    Pokemon Go was a phenomenal game the day it came out. Today in this episode of Playing Yourself, we trace back[...]

    • 12 min

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